The Main Dish: Using Business Social Insights, Having a Successful Mindset, and Other Highlights From This Week

In the age of information overload, refinement is key. That was the thought behind The Main Dish — a quick compilation of the most bookmark-worthy links from the Foodable WebTV Network. Aside from our usual daily content, every Sunday, The Main Dish will serve a fresh batch of handpicked pieces of the most appetizing lists & literature that you may have missed.

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Snapchat: An Unexpected Restaurant Marketing Tool

What do Snapchat and the fast casual restaurant industry have in common? They are both the fastest growing entities in their respective fields. Although it may seem like the restaurant and social media industries are completely different, they often work together to provide success for one another.

Watermelon Used Year-Round Adds Zest to Spring Chicken

"We certainly didn't anticipate the popularity of the watermelon. So, funny story. Our first week...I walk in the back door and there was this giant mound of watermelon that was a little bit higher than my head, and I'm like, 'What is going on right now?' They said, 'This is the watermelon.' For when? For today!" restaurateur John Kunkel said.

Are You Sabotaging Your Own Success?

It takes time, energy, and effort to rise above a negative situation. So be patient. Set yourself up for small successes. In the war with your subconscious, it’s better to win the small battles, then try to banish negativity in a single assault.

The CEO's Guide to Social Media

In a nutshell, having a restaurant CEO (or someone acting on his or her behalf) on social media, can act as an extension of the brand and create goodwill among consumers. Further, interaction by the CEO with followers speaks volumes to the customer-centrism and customer service the brand provides.

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Don't Just Keep Up — Here's How to Stay Ahead of Your Competitors

In this digital race, analyzing chunks of big data can take hours and hours of number crunching, and most busy operators, owners, and executives barely have enough time on their hands to run their day-to-day tasks. That's where Foodable comes in to make things just a little easier for you.

The Story Behind Premier Cocktail Festival, Tales of the Cocktail

Tales of the Cocktail provides a week of seminars, tastings, networking events, and more, and is specifically designed for bartenders, mixologists, distillers, and other spirits professionals around the globe. This annual meeting place to share new techniques, products, and ideas seems like a huge endeavor — but how did it first stir up?

Rebranding vs. Brand Refresh: Which One Should You Consider?

You’re probably wondering if it’s time for an update. Let's look at the difference in rebranding versus a brand refresh and consider if either is necessary for growing your brand.

Quick Six With...Chef Who Makes Cuisine Look Like Art, Kevin Meehan

Meehan, born and raised on Long Island, long before he made his way over to the West Coast — started his 23-year culinary career as a teenager in front of a fryer at a fried chicken joint. A far cry from the eloquent dishes he makes today,  but that's when he fell in love with food.